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Mastering Your Life: How to Play the Game in Five Easy Steps

Tiffany O. Silver | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany O. Silver

Imagine this energy is like currency -- you get a certain amount each day, to create your now -- so you wouldn't want to fritter it away. Once you realize the impermanence of life, that the past and the future aren't able to be held because they do not really exist, you can only be present!

The Scary Disease You Haven't Heard of Yet: Space Fever

Amanda Smear Baudier | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Smear Baudier

Think of the last time you showed up to meet friends at a cool new restaurant and beat them there. Did you check out the decor? People watch? Peruse the menu? Maybe, but as soon as the tiniest bit of social anxiety or discomfort creeps in, out comes the iPhone...

33 Days to More Well-Being: A Special Offer for HuffPost Readers

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Wherever I go around the world, I see the same hunger to live our lives with more meaning and purpose and less unnecessary stress and burnout. This is the goal of "33 Days of Awakening Through Loyalty to Your Soul," a new online course being offered by the University of Santa Monica, which I'm delighted we have arranged to offer free for HuffPost readers. The class is designed so that on each day of the course, the intention for the day is supported with meditations, videos, podcasts and other resources that help us go deeper. Each day's email has a theme: clarifying our intentions, accepting what we cannot change, putting our thoughts in writing to help us forgive ourselves and others, writing out a gratitude list, dropping grudges and -- my favorite -- realizing that the way we deal with the issue is the issue. When we make these habits part of our daily practice, we can view ourselves and the world with more awareness and more gratitude.

The Space Between the Impulse to Return Home and Feel at Home Where You Are

Antoinette Brock | Posted 08.04.2014 | Travel
Antoinette Brock

Existing in this "space" is real and inevitably results in action. But what choice will you make? And how will you know which choice to make?

The Best Time of Your Life Is... Now

Matt Richardson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Richardson

We look forward toward possibility and freedom and then backwards towards opportunities mishandled. Only in those rare blissful instances where we are totally present and grateful, when everything comes perfectly together, do we acknowledge that now is the best time of our lives.

The Power of Presence in Our Lives

Tracy Crossley | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracy Crossley

The realization hit me that I'd allowed all of this to distract me, take me out of presence and into a place where I wasn't really dealing with me. As it shielded me from me (and my true feelings), it created underlying stress.

5 Steps Toward Parental Perfection

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Most of us are in the pursuit of perfection, but how many among us would know what to do with it if we ever actually attained it? Despite this, we continue to chase it.

An Experiment in Vulnerability: Pause-a-tive Attention

Rachael O'Meara | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael O'Meara

By pausing and offering a genuine compliment, you invite a two-way experiment in vulnerability, both to you and whoever is giving or receiving the compliment. It's one thing to ask for a compliment. It's another to receive it fully without deflection. When we are vulnerable we let our guard down to connect and fulfill one of our deepest human needs.

Be Present. Be Content.

Harper Spero | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Harper Spero

It's important to have life goals and to strive for excellence, but it's also important to be content with where you are in the present moment.

Are Spanx Causing Vocal Fry?

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jen Olenizcak

I've been teaching presentation skills to professionals and educators in NYC consistently for the past few years. During every class my students need ...

In Praise of Teachers and Social Media

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 08.16.2014 | Education
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

We truly live in an amazing time, in which we have the powerful potential to connect with one another by way of the very tools that also threaten to separate us. Let my story be a reminder that social media is a tool, just like a hammer.

Trance of 'Unreal Other'

Tara Brach | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

The truth is: Without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.

Does Conscious Living Lead to Conscious Dying?

Michael J. Formica | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Formica

Maintaining an acute awareness of our own impermanence as material beings allows us to live every moment as if it were our last and, in doing so, we get to squeeze the juice out of each and every one.

Is Parenting Really Worth It?

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Should we believe that our biological urges are powerful enough to override our well-evolved sense of logic and reason that looks at what is to come (and is inevitable, no matter what the self-help parenting books try to convince us otherwise)? The reason cannot be spoken; only felt.

The Sky Is Always Bluer on the Other Side (And It Doesn't Hurt to Be in Italy)

Kat Bern | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kat Bern

And if I was planning an exotic trip, the expectation of a great time in a foreign country would probably distract me from realizing that I could be spending every day in that state of happiness while at home. Life is a funny thing. You usually keep looking far away for things that you could have right next to you.

Reaching Out for Compassion

Tara Brach | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

At a weekend workshop I led, one of the participants, Marian, shared her story about the shame and guilt that had tortured her. Marian's daughter Chri...

5 Signs You Need A Pause (And What To Do About It)

Rachael O'Meara | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael O'Meara

A pause doesn't have to be a vacation or a physical change of scenery. It can be a daily routine that you create and allow yourself to just "be." Try not to overthink anything, and remember you are just there, being.

Can a Book Change the World?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Maureen Anderson

I want to inspire other people, to show them they aren't alone -- and to offer solutions they maybe haven't considered.

One Door Closes and Another One Opens

Greg Louganis | Posted 06.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

I have found myself thinking to myself, "Am I where I am supposed to be?" Once I get out of my head and let a little time pass, I realize, "Yes! I am exactly where I am supposed to be."

Want to Be a Better Leader? Deepen Trust

Jan Birchfield, Ph.D | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Jan Birchfield, Ph.D

The foundation of leadership is trust. You can lead without trust if you base your leadership on fear. Arguably, this is coercion, not true leadership. How do you establish trust?

On Pain and How to Handle It

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Except for a few rough patches, I've been blessed with a pretty healthy, pain-free life so far. So when debilitating pain like this comes along, it whacks me upside the head like a cosmic mallet, as if to say, "Pay attention! There's stuff to be learned here."

Decide on Love

Tara Brach | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Jeff was convinced he'd fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their 26-year marriage. He wanted relief from the opp...

Artist Kerry James Marshall: Paint it Black

Louisiana Channel | Posted 05.31.2014 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

Imagine being seen for who you really are, inhabiting space as a central figure in the narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history.

One Last Shot

John Brubaker | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
John Brubaker

How different would your results be if you approached everything like it was your one last shot at it? How different would your life be?

The Nature of Evil

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

One of the oldest surviving stories in human history is about the birth of murder. In Hebrew (and later Christian) scriptures, the story of two brothers, Cain and Abel, teaches us about the mythic first atrocity: brother killing brother.